Edmund Spenser – “The Faerie Queene” (ctd.)

Sir Scudamore, not seeing Britomartis, loudly complains to God about the general injustice of things – his beloved, the most virtuous Amoret, has been imprisoned by the wicked Busirane, who is trying by imprisonment and torture to make her love him (a very strange method indeed). Britomartis, feeling pity for him, touches him gently. He startles at first, but he returns to beating his forehead on the ground and moaning. Britomartis explains to him that the overall sum of sorrow in this world is smaller than virtue and valour, but if you want to live completely without distress, you will have to choose not to live at all. She asks him also about the details of Busirane and she might perhaps be able to help him, or at least she is going to try. Scudamore says there is no point in complaining because his situation is hopeless: Busirane uses black magic and no living creature can win over him. Although Amoret stays true to her knight, there is no hope for him.

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